A Baltimore County man who pleaded innocent to charges stemming from dumping of environmental waste on his former landlord's property in Aberdeen must return to court July 17 to learn how District Judge Emory A. Plitt will rule in the case.
Harford County District Court records show that Scott Joseph Moffett made his plea to a statement of facts presented by state prosecutors June 2. Mr. Moffett, 29, also known as Mark Thomas Moffett, was operating Carnegie Express, a hauling and disposal company in the 1200 block of White Ave. in Rosedale, when the charges were filed.
Cpl. Clarence E. Ross of the county Sheriff's Office issued a citation to Mr. Moffett Jan. 31, contending that between July 1993 and October 1994, the defendant had leased and used property on Middleton Lane in Aberdeen to cut up metal tanks and junked vehicles he was selling as scrap, court records show.
Stancill Inc. owns the property.
After ending the agreement, Terry Stancill found that the land was littered with old tires and scrap metal and that the soil possibly was contaminated by motor oil and gasoline.
Corporal Ross, who is assigned to investigate environmental crimes for the hazardous materials division of the Emergency Operation Center, discovered serial numbers on scraps and traced them to Mr. Moffett, prosecutors said.
On Nov. 1, 1994, Mr. Moffett agreed to clean up the property and xTC produced receipts of more than $10,000 to show Judge Plitt what he already had spent to clean up the land. Deborah Engram, an Essex lawyer representing Mr. Moffett, said the money spent by her client exceeds the maximum penalty of $10,000 that could be imposed.
Ms. Engram said the trial's disposition was deferred to await results of laboratory tests on soil samples from the property to learn if any environmental pollutants may remain.
"My client has gone out of his way to satisfy the property owner, even to the extent of hauling away a truckload of old tires that he had nothing to do with," she said.
In Circuit Court matters last week:
* Christopher Allan Young, 20, of Edgewood and LeRoy Anthony Repose, 19, of Havre de Grace are the last of six men to be indicted on charges stemming from a May 12 gang rape at knifepoint of a 26-year-old Edgewood woman, court records show.
Mr. Young is being held at the county detention center on $150,000 bond, and Mr. Repose is being held on no bond, a center spokesman said.
Previously, Clarence Eugene Banks, 20, of Edgewood, Anthony Vernell Johnson, 20, of Aberdeen, Melvin Williams Jr., 18, of Edgewood and Barry Eugene Higgins, 16, of Edgewood were indicted by a grand jury. The 16-year-old was charged as an adult, sheriff's deputies said.
* James A. Breen III, 32, of the 2300 block of Birmingham Court in Jarrettsville was sentenced to 60 days in jail Friday after pleading guilty to two counts of battery.
Breen may have no contact with the victims, his former girlfriend and her 17-year-old cousin, who tried to stop the defendant from assaulting the woman after they had argued Oct. 15.
Judge William O. Carr sentenced Breen to two years, but suspended all but 60 days and made him eligible for work release. He will begin the sentence June 29. Breen also was placed on three years' supervised probation upon his release and must seek counseling and be evaluated by the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center Inc. of Harford County.